Daily Devotional: Forgiving and Forgetting, How Possible?

A Promise For You From Bible Promises:

Topic: Forgiving and Forgetting, How Possible?

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 2 Peter 2:22. Read: Matt 28:21-22

As a Sunday School teacher for years, one of the question usually asked by students whenever the above topic is been treated is, is it possible to forgive and forget? I know many of us will say, never, it’s not. Why do we have memory you ask? Yea, memory is to remind you all that you’ve gone through in life; it keeps both good and bad past. When you offend me deeply for example, and I say to you, I have forgiven you, this doesn’t mean that I will not remember what you’ve done to me whenever I set my eyes on you (no matter how long), what I will first remember is that wrong you’ve done to me years ago.

But forgiving and forgetting says, when you sees the person, you do not need to act on the wrong he/she has done to you. There is every tendency to, but, you must control your spirit not to. This is most common with spouse when you hear things like: last time, you did the same thing, I forgave you, today again, you are repeating it, who knows what you will do tomorrow again. Saying these means, you’ve not forgiven your partner genuinely because, I can forgive, but I cannot forget is only another way of saying, I will never forgive you. Forgiving and forgetting ought to be like a canceled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. Henry Ward Beecher. Forgiving and forgetting is very possible. Tomorrow, we shall look at biblical example of this.

* To forgive and forget is to set a person free and discover that the prisoner was actually you.

By Emode Victor

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